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A look back at Commodore

A rebranded Dutch company hopes to tap the power of the PET and Commodore 64 to launch a new wave of products.
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Photo: A keyboard for the Commodore 64

A Dutch consumer media company that acquired the name of venerable computer company Commodore last year is hoping to tap the power of the PET and the Commodore 64 to launch a new wave of products. Here, the keyboard for the Commodore 64. Note the groovy rainbow detailing at the top.

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Photo: A collage of Commodores

The Commodore PC was popular in the 1980s, but got steamrolled by the Wintel juggernaut. Fans persist, however.

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Photo: A Commodore PET

The Commodore PET monitor echoes shades of Darth Vader's helmet.

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Photo: Lionel with the Commodores

The Commodore brand may be making a comeback now that a company has taken on the moniker and is releasing new products. The 1970s band The Commodores does not appear poised for a similar rebirth.

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